Savings Groups on the Pathway to Graduation: PSNP Plus in Ethiopia


USAID commissioned a series of case studies to examine interventions and approaches to creating pathways out of poverty that either “pushed” the very poor towards productive engagement in markets and/or “pulled” the poor into markets. This case study, written by Ben Fowler Consulting Inc.

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East Africa Dairy Development Project: Profiles of Progress

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
This profile is on Paul Kimeni Muchai who participates in the East Africa Dairy Development Project. The project provides training, veterinary care, financial services, and access to a chilling plant—allowing farmers to pool their milk and increase their income
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Connecting the World’s Poorest People to the Global Economy


This paper examines emerging lessons from eight pilot projects that CARE International conducted on innovative models that link informal savings groups with formal financial institutions. The pilots began in 2008 and were conducted over twelve months in the following five countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi. They highlight the potential that savings groups have to act as a first rung on the financial ladder for those who are otherwise excluded.

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Youth Think Tank Initiative

The MasterCard Foundation
In January 2012, The MasterCard Foundation (the Foundation) created a Youth Think Tank and tasked it with advising on and, ultimately, helping to shape their work in the sector of youth learning and engagement. 
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Client Protection for Youth Clients


This technical note is intended to assist Financial Service Providers currently serving youth, planning to serve youth, or making improvements to existing services to do so in a way that ensures that youth are protected.

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Why Measuring Child-Level Impacts Can Achieve Lasting Economic Change

FHI 360

More than 600 million children in developing countries live on less than US$1 a day. Children are deeply affected by poverty, and some effects of poverty, particularly in early childhood, have life-long consequences. The fight for long-term poverty alleviation must account for children’s wellbeing in order to sustainably reduce individuals’ and communities’ vulnerability to the persistent effects of poverty.

Viable Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth: Understanding Rural Youth Perspectives and Rural Development Strategies

Making Cents International
Mar 18, 2014 (10:00am to 11:00am)

Webinar Speaker(s):
Dr. Nana Akua Anyidoho, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ghana (Ghana)
Paul Sparks, Program Manager of the Research & Evaluation Unit at BRAC (Uganda)
MODERATED BY: Hillary Proctor, Senior Specialist of Capacity Building & Rural Livelihoods at Making Cents International (USA)

In Case You Missed It: Key Take-Aways from "Youth Engagement in Economic Opportunities in Rural Areas" ApplyIt! Webinar

Making Cents International

Making Cents International organized this webinar to offer practical strategies and tools for engaging young people in rural development initiatives.

Making Cents International's Apply It! Rural Webinar Series

Making Cents International


Apply It! Rural Youth Webinar Series was designed as a continuation of the “Spotlight on Rural Youth” from the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. The conference convened more than 400 participants from over 50 countries and included a "Deep Dive into Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth". You can look forward to more sessions on this and other priority topics such as youth employment opportunities in the technology and hospitality sectors at the 2014 conference.

Offering Youth Financial and Non-financial Services: Pilot Testing Youth Financial Services (Module II)

The MasterCard Foundation, UNCDF, and MicroSave

This tool is a part of a trainer’s guide series prepared by UNCDF-YouthStart. The goal of this guide is to facilitate the replication of the trainings and to help other financial service providers (FSPs) understand key issues, train staff, and launch youth-oriented services.

The tool provides FSPs with a step-by-step process to design and implement critical pilot tests of their youth financial services. It contains 13 learning activities that are designed to be delivered together over a two and a half day or three day period. Key activities of the tool are to:

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